Touring In: New Brunswick

Craft: Illustrator

Genre: Picture Books

Ideal Audience Size: 25

Maximum Audience Size: 2 classes

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 4

Special Equipment: For adult audiences, a whiteboard with a computer to make projections



Four time Finalist for The Governor General’s Literary Awards


Presentation Information

Paper’s stories
Each child should have glue, scissors and color/pencils.
(I bring oil pastels and many kind of papers and scrap papers)
Brief description of the workshop :
After the presentation of some of my originals artworks from  books I illustrated, I am showing to the children my favourite technique to find ideas and begin  a collage artwork.
A good start is by using a piece of cropped scrap papers piece to begin an artwork instead of using a pencil. The shape of the piece of paper will give the idea for the drawing and the story. (For the youngest, the first Alphabet letter)
1) Each child choose between many one cropped scrap paper piece on the photocopy sheet. The shape inspiring the idea of the artwork he will do.
2) The child paste the scrap paper piece on a sheet.
3)  The child complete the artwork using other pieces of different papers, colour pencils and oil pastels.
I bring photocopies with cropped scrap papers  for all the children.
It could be great also if teachers and children could take time before I come, to find and keep their own cropped scrap papers to complete their artwork.

**My workshops are more about developing creativity instead of showing drawing techniques.


Book List

De Janvier à Décembre by Bertrand Gauthier, illustrated by Manon Gauthier (éditions de l’Isatis- Québec, March 2019)


Good Morning Grumpel by Victoria Allenby, illustrated by Manon Gauthier (Pajama Press- Toronto, 2017)

Prune et Perlette
by Véronique Le Normand, illustrated by Manon Gauthier (éditions D’eux- Québec, 2016)


Elle sera toujours là by Thierry Lenain, illustrated by Manon Gauthier (éditions D’eux- Québec, 2016)


Tempête sur la savane by Michäel Escoffier, illustrated by Manon Gauthier (éditions D’eux- Québec – 2016)


Poésies pour la vie (Published in English « All The World A Poem » Pajama Press, Toronto 2016 ) by Gilles Tibo, illustrated by Manon Gauthier (éditions de l’Isatis, Québec – 2015)


Mediano (Published in English « Middle Bear »  Kids Can Press, Toronto 2017) by Susana Isern, illustrated by Manon Gauthier (ediciones Lafragatina –  Fraga, Espagne – 2014)


Elliot (Published in English by Pajama Press, Toronto) by Julie Pearson, illustrated by Manon Gauthier (Les 400 coups – Coll. «Carré blanc» – Québec, 2014)


Les mots magiques (published in English « Magic Little Words » Owlkids, Toronto 2015) by Angèle Delaunois, illustrated by Manon Gauthier (éditions de l’Isatis, Québec, 2013)



Montreal native Manon Gauthier is a self- taught Children’s book illustrator and visual artist who studied graphic design and worked in that field for more than fifteen years.

In 2007, after experiencing the joy of illustrating her first children’s book, she decided to devote herself to books for young people. Since then, Gauthier has illustrated a dozen books for Canadian and European publishers.

She has won several important prizes and nominations for her work, among them, four nominations for the Governor General’s Literary Awards (illustration), Canada’s most prestigious annual literary prize and more recently her illustrations for the book « Mon parc » published at Les éditions de l’Isatis have been selected for the prestigious Illustrator’s exhibition at the Bologna children’s Book fair 2014.
In 2015  she was  one of the recipients of the Purple Island Award at the Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Contest in South Korea.

As a member of the Quebec illustrators’ association, Illustration Québec and RAAV, Gauthier has participated in group exhibitions nationally and internationally.

She is also involved in a Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications’ program called Culture in the School, which was designed to ensure that the cultural dimension is integrated into classroom and school activities, and to promote careers in the arts. She regularly leads art workshops for children at the preschool, elementary and secondary school levels.



When I was a Child (Two personal illustrations)

  • First Price, Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award, CICLA, 2017


Poésies pour la vie/All The World a Poem

  • Distinction, Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Contest 2017
  • Finalist for The Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award  2016



  • Prix du livre jeunesse des Bibliothèques de Montréal 2015
  • Purple Island Award, Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Contest 2015 (South Korea)


Four times Finalist for The Governor General’s Literary Awards ( Children illustrated) 2007-2010-2012- 2014

  • Ma maman du photomaton 2007
  • Triste Sort et l’hurluberlu de Morneville 2010
  • Giroflée Pois-Cassée 2012
  • Grand-mère, Elle et moi 2014